Employment Retaliation Attorney in Atlanta, GA
Retaliation is entirely too common in workplaces across Georgia and throughout the United States. It happens in cases when an employee exercises a right that is protected under the law and their employer takes adverse employment action against them. If you believe that you are the victim of workplace retaliation due to whistleblowing, it is important that you take your legal options into consideration. Ben Barrett Law has over 30 years of experience proudly representing clients for a variety of employment matters in Georgia, including retaliation. For quality legal representation with a retaliation claim, contact Ben Barrett Law today to learn how we can assist you.
Protected Rights Under U.S. Law
A protected right is something that the law gives you the right to do. Opposing employer conduct that the employee believes is illegal is protected under the law. For example, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of gender. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that sexual harassment is gender discrimination. Thus, an employee is protected when they report sexual harassment to an authority in the company. If the company then takes an adverse employment action that is not completely unrelated to the report, the company has retaliated against the employee.
Testifying on behalf of another employee who is making a report of discrimination is also protected conduct. Thus, even if you cannot prove a discrimination claim, you may still have a case if your employer retaliated against you when you reported on a discriminatory act.
Discrimination is a specific claim with a specific burden of proof. A case can turn on a variety of facts and elements. Most people would be shocked to hear of the type of employer behavior that the courts say is not discrimination. However, opposing conduct that the employee believes is discriminatory is protected by law.
Common Retaliatory Actions in Georgia
There are many different types of retaliation that employees in Georgia face when they act as whistleblowers. Some of the many adverse actions these employees face include the following:
- Wrongful termination
- Pay decrease
Contact Ben Barrett Law
If you believe that you are a victim of workplace retaliatory efforts in the state of Georgia, it is important that you have quality legal representation on your side. Attorney Barrett has the skill it takes to effectively stand up for your rights as an employee and will help you hold your employer accountable for such actions. For over 30 years, Ben Barrett Law has proudly represented clients in the Atlanta area and now is solely focused on employment law matters, including retaliation. To discuss your situation with a legal team that can effectively represent your interests, contact Ben Barrett Law and schedule a consultation.